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Challenges to democracy : Eastern Europe ten years after the collapse of communism /
Sten Berglund ... [et al.].
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Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA : Edward Elgar Pub., 2001.
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xvi, 189 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1840642939
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Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA : Edward Elgar Pub., 2001.
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1840642939
catalogue key
4496896
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-09-01:
Authors from four different countries (Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Bulgaria) collaborated in writing this book on the quality and stability of democracy in postsocialist Europe, taken to include Central Europe, the Baltic and the Balkans, plus Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. The focus is on popular attitudes rather than on the political process or policy making. Economic issues are not addressed. The authors optimistically conclude that the new democracies have coped rather well with the challenge of fragmented parties, weak civil society, and the threat of xenophobia. The book includes handy tables summarizing country characteristics, from constitutions to party systems to opinion data. There is a very thorough chapter analyzing the dynamics of national identity in the various countries. Other chapters address civil society and human rights. The book is written in a systematic, clear, and accessible style and provides an excellent introduction to the state of democracy in contemporary postsocialist Europe. Similar issues are addressed in Richard Rose, William Mishler, and Christian Haerpfer's Democracy and Its Alternatives: Understanding Post-Communist Societies (1998). Recommended for undergraduate, graduate, research, and faculty collections. P. Rutland Wesleyan University
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The book is written in a systematic, clear and accessible style and provides an excellent introduction to the state of democracy in contemporary postsocialist Europe. . . . Recommended for undergraduate, graduate, research, and faculty collections. P. Rutland, Choice The euphoria evidenced in the aftermath of the collapse of communist regimes in the late 1980s and early 1990s sometimes conveyed the impression that the process of democratization would be achieved without difficulty or tribulation. This book sets out to provide a thorough comparative analysis of the challenges which face the emerging democracies of Central and Eastern Europe and considers the impact of political change. Drawing heavily on available survey data, the book provides an in-depth account of how the new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe have coped with four major challenges: political fragmentation, nationalism, lack of respect for human rights, and poorly developed civil service systems. The book demonstrates that although the first few years of the 1990s were marked by increasing disenchantment with the new regimes, the change of governments as a direct result of the electoral process and the prospects for European integration have served to reverse this negative trend. Indeed, the authors find that the new political systems have managed to cope with the challenges so effectively that striking similarities with Western democracies are now apparent. Offering new insights into democratic transition, Challenges to Democracy will appeal to political scientists, diplomats and policymakers, and economists with an interest in European and comparative politics.
Table of Contents
List of figuresp. vi
List of tablesp. vii
List of mapsp. xi
Notes on the Authorsp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Introductionp. 1
Consolidation of Democracyp. 9
Societal Fragmentation and Post-Communist Party Politicsp. 45
Democratization and Nationalismp. 79
The Challenge of Human Rightsp. 119
Civil Societyp. 147
Changing Perspectives on Political Challengesp. 171
Name Indexp. 181
Subject Indexp. 185
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